Burn Cottage Cashburn Pinot Noir 2014
Burn Cottage Vineyard Property is a twenty four hectare estate in the foothills of the Pisa range in Central Otago, New Zealand. The vineyard is owned by the Sauvage family which also owns the celebrated Koehler Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz region of Germany, as well as several fine wine importing and wholesaling companies in the United States.
The property was purchased in 2002. It had been grazed by sheep for as long as can currently be remembered. There were, and are, no immediate vineyard neighbors. The site was much coveted in the region for it is sheltered from both northerly and southerly winds by large hills and forms a beautiful, protected bowl, much like a modern amphitheatre.
By definition Cashburn is more immediate and approachable when so young compared to the BCV itself, offering a brighter lighter spectrum cherry/strawberry fruits, but as we’ve noted previously this is backed plenty of earthy, mushroomy savoury notes as well that make the offering (a) unmistakably 'Burn Cottage' and (b) irresistibly Central Otago at its most Pinoty (I know, not a word, but you know what I mean). Particularly evident with this 2014 release it’s definitely not lacking in intensity and is all about finesse and drinkability, with silky tannins, oak barely visible if at all. There’s a depth of power and concentration to this, but absolutely and only in a most ‘feminine’ way – reminiscent of a charming young, pure and pristine Burgundy. This is a very serious Pinot in its own right.
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